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English 1301 – Composition & Rhetoric
Ella Faye Carlile
100 Cardinal Drive
Athens,TX  75751  
Phone number : 903-675-6356
Office Number: LRC 229
E-mail address: carlile@tvcc.edu


English 1301 Syllabus  / INTERNET – Online Only / Ella Faye Carlile /(Subject to Revision)

Online Course:

This is an online course using the internet and a program named Blackboard.  The course will not be available until the first class day.  All students must have access to the internet and be competent in using a computer. Equipment failure does not excuse late or missed assignments. TVCC provides open computer labs for student use. Check with the Learning Resource Center on a campus near you for computer availability. Most of the course grade is based on writing ability. Essays are sent in online as proctored tests.  You will have to be able to open the test, select one of the three writing topics, and complete your essay within two hours. If you are uncomfortable writing an essay in a two hour time limit, this course is not for you.


Distance Learning Guidelines - This course is an INTERNET – Online Only course.


There will be two types of Hybrid formats: HYD — Hybrids offered through Distance Learning, and HYC — Classroom Hybrids.


·         INTERNET — Online Only. May have some campus meetings such as orientation and proctored exams.

·         HYD — Distance Learning Hybrids have the majority (51% or more of the time) of their course work offered online via the Internet, with some classroom and/or laboratory meeting times.
Example: Instructor and students meet four times a semester on campus for lecture and/or lab. Excludes orientations and proctored exams.

  • HYC — Classroom Hybrids have classroom components and are taught less than 50% online.
    Example: One or two days each week, students meet on campus for the lecture portion of the class; the remainder of the coursework is completed online independently.

This class is an internet – online only class, but students will have to come to the testing center or one of the TVCC Learning Resource Centers for the 6 essay tests.  All assignments, homework, quizzes, and e-mail will be submitted through Blackboard. 



Students in distance learning classes must be independent learners. The instructor is not always available to answer questions, so students must be patient and plan ahead.


Student Responsibility:

The English 1301 online course is designed for the mature, self-disciplined student. Students should be competent in basic grammar skills and adequate paragraph development before enrolling in this course.

This course is designed for the mature, disciplined student, and it is the student's responsibility to keep up with the due dates. Print a copy of the Calendar and follow it as a guide to pace the homework and tests. Each test will be open several weeks before the closing date. All tests are proctored. You must schedule a test at the testing center or one of the TVCC Learning Resource Centers. Late work is not accepted.  VCT students will test at the host college.



Blackboard Tutorial:

Complete the Blackboard Tutorial on the TVCC Distance Learning Web Page before you begin the course.  http://www.tvcc.edu/depts/dist.learning/




Logging in to your


  • To log in to Trinity Valley Community College’s internet courses go to https://ecourses.tvcc.edu or click e-Courses on the TVCC homepage.

·          The Log in and password information has changed.  The new log in and password will now be the same. 

·          Example log in: doej1234  Password: Doej1234), except the first letter will be capitalized on the password.

§   User id:      doej1234

§   Password:   Doej1234   (notice the capital D)


·          Log in using your last name, first initial and last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. If you are a VCT student, use the last four digits of your college-issued ID.


·          Upon initial login, the student will have to create an 8-digit password that conforms to the strong password security requirements. If they don't, they will get these error messages until they comply.


    • Please enter a password with at least 8 characters.

o    Your password does not meet the strong password requirement. It must include 3 of the following types of characters: Uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. For example: Pa55w*rd.

  • The most important thing is to log in.  Contact the Distance Education Department if you have log on problems. 903-675-6324

·          Please do not send work to my TVCC e-mail address.  All e-mail and homework must be submitted through Blackboard.




Orientation is online. Click on the Orientation icon and complete the list of activities. If you do not understand how to use e-mail, compile the calendar, take a test, or post to a discussion, keep taking the Blackboard Tutorial located on the Distance Learning Web Page until you understand how to use the program.

Print copies of all materials and organize them in some type of system to help you keep up with assignments and due dates. Save copies of all homework on your hard drive and put a copy in your notebook or folder.


It is the student's responsibility to keep up with the due dates. Print a copy of the Calendar and follow it as a guide to pace the homework and tests. Each test will be open several weeks before the closing date. All tests are proctored. You must schedule a test at the testing center or one of the TVCC Learning Resource Centers. Late work is not accepted.


Instructor Information


Mrs. Ella Faye Carlile
Trinity Valley Community College
100 Cardinal Drive
Athens, TX 75751





(Use this email address if you can not log on to Blackboard.  All other e-mail, homework, and tests must be sent through Blackboard e-mail.)


Office location:

      Learning Resource Center (LRC 229) Athens Campus



  • Office 903-675-6356 


Course Information

Course title:

English Composition and Rhetoric


Course number:

Engl 1301


Course description:

This course guides the student in a review of basic grammar, organization of thoughts, expansion of ideas, and revision of written materials



Required reading:

Patterns for College Writing, Laurie G. Kirszner  & Stephen R. Mandell, Bedford/St. Martins, 10th ed., ISBN 9780312445867


Required reading:

A Writer's Reference, Diana Hacker, Bedford/St. Martin, 6th. edition, ISBN 0-312-45025-7 


TVCC Bookstore

Phone #:






Outcomes & Objectives

Course goals:

  • Competence in basic grammar
  • Competence in writing a 500-800 word basic essay
  • Competence in understanding the organization of material in an essay
  • An awareness of critical analysis of literature
  • An awareness of the research process




The majority of the grade is based on writing ability on essay exams. Other assessment will be determined by journals, discussions, library/research projects, grammar/mechanics quizzes, summary/analysis papers, class participation, and the final exam.



·  A minimum of six major writing assignments

·  Class Participation

·  Other written work, library projects, summaries, or tests as assigned

·  Online readings

·  Discussions

·  Final Exam


Test Dates/Assignment Due Dates




Testing Information:

Test dates and assignment due dates are located on the calendar. The instructor reserves the right to change the test and assignment due dates.

·  Absolutely no home testing. Tests must be proctored. Proctors will have a password that will allow you to begin testing.

·  You cannot directly sign in to the exam. Click the title of the exam. The proctor password must be entered before you can begin the exam. After the password has been entered by the proctor, click "begin exam."

·  TVCC students may test at Athens (Testing Center or LRC), Kaufman (Health Science Center), Palestine (LRC), or Terrell (LRC). Students must contact each facility for available testing times and hours of operation.

·  VCT students must test at their testing centers. Proctor passwords will be sent to the listed testing contact.

There will be six required essay tests and a multiple choice final exam. All tests will be open at least two weeks and usually longer. The test due date (last day the test is open) will be posted on the Blackboard calendar, but the test will be open at least two weeks prior to the due date.

The exams are online, proctored, timed, and may be accessed only one time. If you open a test, the computer will not let you back in the test a second time, so you must arrange a time to take the tests when you will not be disturbed. If there is a problem with the computer, the test proctor must contact the instructor to verify the problem.  Essays which are not written on the topics will be given zeroes. Late work will not be accepted. 

Students are expected to take exams as scheduled. Exams will automatically close the last day the test is open. Check with the test proctor to arrange a suitable time. Make transportation arrangements ahead of time.


Grading System


GRADING SCALE:  1000 points 

·  A = 900 points

·  B = 800 points

·  C = 700 points

·  D = 600 points

·  F = 599 or fewer points




·  6 Essay Tests 

·  Final Exam 


Homework as Assigned

·  Thesis/Article Summary/Argument/Research

·  Class Participation Activities (as assigned)

·  Other written work such as journals, research, library projects, summaries, or tests as assigned

·  Discussions


Extra Credit Points

·  Orientation


Drop Policy


It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from this class. The instructor does not drop students. To initiate a student withdrawal, you must call or go to the Counselor's office and complete the official paperwork. If you do not officially drop, you will be given a grade in the course, usually an F.  Students must check the Blackboard calendar for the drop date.  The drop date for the Spring 2009 semester is April 17.


Virtual College of Texas students must check the drop policies and drop date at the host institution. 


Limitations to the Number of Withdrawals from Courses


A new THECB Rule has been established to address a new law enacted by the legislature regarding the number of withdrawals (“W’s”) that a student may have during their academic career (THECB Rules: Chapter 4, Subchapter A, 4.10).   The law states that any student whose first semester in college is Fall 2007 or later may not have more than six unexcused withdrawals (W’s) during their academic career.  This applies to a student’s academic record from all higher education institutions attended.  If a student has six unexcused withdrawals, they will no longer be allowed to withdraw from a course without receiving a grade in the course (which will be an “F”).  To determine if a withdrawal is excused, a student must initiate a withdrawal request through the guidance services office or, in special circumstances, through the faculty member.  It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from a course and to verify that the withdrawal has been posted to their transcript. 






Academic Cheating or Plagiarism







Academic cheating or plagiarism is strictly prohibited. Disciplinary action may be taken. Students will receive a zero in cases of academic cheating or plagiarism. Submitting work that is not your own may result in an F" in the course. Plagiarism is putting sentences, paragraphs, or an entire paper borrowed from a friend or the internet in an assignment with your name on it. The instructor will check internet sites for free or purchased essays.


The English 1301 class is a public place. Student involvement, class participation, and group work are all very important. Assignments are for educational purposes only, and discussions are not to be used to air your personal opinion about the course, the assignment, the teacher, or other students. Students must be polite, courteous, and considerate to the instructor and the other students. Rudeness will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior can result in a reduced grade, denied access to the course and the assignments, or an F in the course. Take the time to check the tone of your letters or discussion postings before you submit them.


Minimum Mechanical Requirements (Important)




Standardized Grading :

The TVCC English department has agreed to deduct a certain amount of points per specific type of error. The following is the standard deduction agreed upon by the English department:

Three point errors:

  • Sentence structure errors such as fragments or comma splices
  • Any verb problem such as subject-verb agreement, verb tense, or verb ending

Two point errors:

      • Any pronoun problem such as pronoun agreement or pronoun reference

One point errors:

          • Any other error such as spelling, dangling modifiers or punctuation


Departmental Standardized Grading System for Essays (IMPORTANT)

Essay Grade:

Departmental Standardized Grading System for Essays :

  • "A" 0-5 errors
  • "B" 6-10 errors
  • "C" 11-20 errors
  • "D" 21-25 errors
  • "F" 26 or more errors